|Headquarters||San Francisco, California|
|Services||Distribution and support on the Lightbend Reactive Platform|
Lightbend (formerly Typesafe) is a company founded by Martin Odersky, the creator of the Scala programming language, Jonas Bonér, the creator of the Akka middleware, and Paul Phillips in 2011. It provides an Open source platform for building Reactive applications for the JVM, consisting of the Play Framework, Akka middleware and Scala programming language—with additional supporting products and development tools such as the Scala IDE for Eclipse, the Slick database query and access library for Scala and the sbt build tool. Lightbend also provides training, consulting and commercial support on the platform.
In February 2016, the company was renamed from Typesafe to Lightbend and adopted a new logo.
The company's CEO is Mark Brewer and the CTO is Jonas Bonér—Viktor Klang serves as the Chief Architect and Derek Henninger as its Vice President of Engineering.
Lightbend initially raised $3 million for Series A funding from Greylock Partners. Lightbend then raised another $14 million for Series B from Shasta Ventures, Greylock Partners, Juniper Networks and Francois Stieger. Intel Capital is leading a new $20 million Series C round of funding along with new investor Blue Cloud Ventures and current backers Bain Capital Ventures, Polytech Ecosystem Ventures, and Shasta Ventures. This brings funding to date to $42 million.
Lightbend leads the following open-source software projects:
- Scala programming language
- Akka event-driven middleware
- Play Framework
- Spray Framework - RESTful framework for scala
- Slick database query and access library for Scala
- sbt build tool
- Scala IDE for Eclipse
- Typesafe Activator & Typesafe Console
- Lagom Reactive Microservices Framework
Lightbend hosts an annual conference called Scala Days which brings together developers from around the world to share their experiences and new ideas around creating applications with Scala.
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